Katherine Kingsley is to star in a new production of Dusty, which charts the life of ’60s singer Dusty Springfield, that will briefly tour next summer.
The musical, based on the authorised biography of Dusty Springfield, will premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in June.
With a fresh script from BAFTA and Olivier nominated writer Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Coronation Street), Dusty will be directed by Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along, Stepping Out).
Featuring many of Dusty Springfield’s pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with You, Son of a Preacher Man and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Dusty celebrates the life of an extraordinary and vivacious woman.
The musical originates from the notes and memoirs of the late singer’s close friend and manager Vicki Wickham, as well as conversations with her lifelong personal assistant Pat Rhodes, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.
Katherine Kingsley’s theatre credits include playing Marlene Dietrich in Piaf (Donmar), Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London, Manchester Opera House and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre), Helena in Michael Grandage Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre London and Chichester Festival Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre).
Said Katherine: “Dusty was ahead of her time. She was into music that this country didn’t really know much about; she said herself that she was hugely inspired by black Motown singers in America.
“She was also an incredibly complex woman, very private, and had very tight friendships that lasted until the end of her life.
“I grew up listening to Dusty Springfield. My mum loved her so she was part of my childhood. I love the timbre of her voice.
“What makes this show so brilliant is that it’s drawing out the inner-Dusty, who she really was – Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien – and the two characters who negotiated their life together to some degree.
“I’m immersing myself in her world, listening to her singing and watching her videos and interviews, reading biographies about Dusty and her life as well as looking at her mannerisms and working out how she moved”.
The show is completely new and not based on the troubled 2015 musical, also called Dusty, which ran at Charing Cross Theatre.
June 23 – July 7, THEATRE ROYAL BATH
July 10 – 14, SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE
July 17 – 21, NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL
July 24 – 28, THE LOWRY, SALFORD.